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Bar in Kildare

The Schoolhouse Bar provides a comfortable, relaxing atmosphere in which to enjoy a drink during your visit to the 4* Celbridge Manor Hotel in Kildare. Fancy some lunch or dinner? Choose from our delicious menu featuring delectable dishes such as Irish smoked salmon, lime and chilli chicken and mozzarella and tomato ciabatta. The Schoolhouse Bar has a traditional bar, a place to relax with friends. Food is served here throughout the day.

Ideal for functions and celebrations, the bar can be partially reserved for that special family occasion such as communions, confirmations or intimate birthday parties. For more information in party bookings, please contact events@celbridgemanorhotel.ie or +353 (0) 1 835 0800. All of the hotel’s menus are prepared by our head chef using locally sourced ingredients and seasonal produce where possible to do so. We cater for all special dietary needs and can create menus for any special occasion. Please Click Here to view our Bar Menu.

Live Music In Kildare

Why not join us for live music on a Saturday night? Available from 10.30pm until midnight, Paul Lyttle will join us with some easy listening acoustic music in our Schoolhouse Bar. 

History of the Schoolhouse Bar

It’s hard to believe that our elegant Manor house was once a formidable charity school whose ethos was to rescue children “of the poor natives from ignorance and superstition and instruct them in the English tongue”

The story goes that in October 172, 12 days before his death, the right honourable William Connolly Esq. of Castletown made provision in his will for the construction of a school in the environs of Celbridge.

His nephew duly donated 50 acres of land for a building that was to house orphans. Construction started in 1732 by renowned architect Thomas Burg, who also built the Royal Barracks and the library building at Trinity College Dublin.

It opened its doors in 1737 and remained a place of learning until the 1970’s. Of course, the hard benches and draughty corridors have now been replaced by much more sumptuous furnishings. But you never know, if you listen carefully, you might hear the faint whisper of little voices reciting the alphabet…